Although there are a number of misconceptions in whether the ‘New Order’ name should be used, the two recent collaborators Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman, override Hooky’s sour attempts, not only in legal action, but compensate almost entirely for his absence. Opening with 'Elegia', which was utterly moving, for those who understood the discrete link to Ian Curtis, which had only been digitalised onscreen; and had respectfully not been mentioned out loud. Their debut single from 1981 – ‘Ceremony’, fuelled the crowd fully for the first time, allowing Gillian to break out from her renowned stationary keyboard, the fierce strobe lights blinking blindly. Tonight’s valedictory homecoming found the band in terrific form, led by an unusually garrulous Sumner. ‘Regret’ and ‘Crystal’ gave a sense of the bands progression into the era of what was an analogue band into a digital world – which has now overridden the sonic future that their music once suggested. It was soon followed by the electronic surge of ‘Age of Consent’ and a pulsating, majestic ‘Love Vigilantes’. Unquestionably the forceful beat of ‘Blue Monday’ and ‘True Faith’ are standout, although only leaving Sumner just enough breath for ‘Temptation’, a rendition allowing him to bend his back into the vocals in a way we’ve rarely ever seen him, and maybe at some points we would hope it would be never again. Expectantly, New Order finishes with an encore of ‘Tranmission’ and the iconic ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’. Although, their need for crowd pleasing lets them down miserably, when there is a whole lot more of New Order back catalogue readily awaiting that’s sure worth a play.
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